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The fourth annual ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Program highlights some

of the most innovative golf design projects to have been completed in the past year.




hile one club is having

to cope with extremely

limited water resources,

another may be trying to deal with

too much water. The challenges

that face golf course owners and

operators are varied and complex,

and it takes experience and expertise

to find the most appropriate solution

for any given situation. Since the

founding of the American Society

of Golf Course Architects in 1946,

its members have been working

alongside golf developers and

existing clubs to design golf courses

that meet their objectives and deliver

positive results long into the future.

This year, nine projects from across

the United States have been selected

to highlight excellence in golf design

among ASGCA members.

Erik Larsen,


helps bring back the

buzz to a club in

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Paul Albanese,

ASGCA, accessed

historical materials to

restore the original

designer’s intentions at

the Lochmoor Club in


Dr. Michael Hurdzan,

ASGCA Fellow,

introduces water-

saving design features

at Birnam Wood CC

in California

Rick Jacobson,

ASGCA, improves

playability while

introducing flood

management measures

in Glenview, Illinois

Forrest Richardson,

ASGCA, prepares

Griffith Park in Los

Angeles for the

Special Olympics

World Games

Lester George,

ASGCA, introduces

design changes to

Independence Golf

Club in Midlothian,


Bill Bergin,


Associate, oversaw a

complete renovation

of the golf course at

Oaks CC in Tulsa,


Andy Staples,

ASGCA, transformed

a city-owned course in

Hobbs, New Mexico

to focus on kids,

families and beginners

Robert McNeil,

ASGCA, used on-site

materials to design

a unique 18-hole

par-three course in

Wyoming, Rhode



Plaques for ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Award Program recipients

are provided by Morell Studios. Morell Studios has enjoyed over 40 years of

experience providing museum quality custom awards, plaques and trophies to

prestigious clubs and corporate organizations.